Funding to assist homeowners in replacing subsurface sewage treatment systems is available from the State of Minnesota. The Stearns County Environmental Services Department can apply for these state grants on behalf of homeowners.
Eligibility for the grant requires that the homeowner have low income, the property is homesteaded by the applicant, and that the sewage treatment system is found to be an imminent threat to public health and safety. A sewage treatment system which is discharging sewage or sewage effluent to the ground surface, drainage system, ditch, storm water drain or directly to surface water, or causes a reoccurring sewage backup into a dwelling or other establishment is an imminent threat to public health and safety.
In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, the St. Cloud VA asks individuals to show their support for veterans in crisis and help raise awareness of the VA mental health services veterans have earned. In support of these objectives, several events are planned and the public is invited to attend and participate in the events.
Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training is being offered at the St. Cloud Public Library’s Mississippi Room. Gatekeeper training programs offer participants the knowledge to respond to someone in crisis and can save lives.
Stearns County is set to receive storm-recovery aid after a $4.5 million relief package was approved Monday during a special legislative session.
The package will assist 18 counties which suffered storm damage in June. The funding will be used to help with debris removal, emergency protective measures and infrastructural work – including on roads and bridges. Stearns is estimated to have suffered nearly $552,000 in damages, with the statewide total at almost $18 million. The state is covering 25 percent of that total and will receive a 75-percent match from the federal government.
Rep. Jeff Howe (R-Rockville) will be among legislators and other Minnesota officials attending the commissioning of the USS Minnesota submarine in Virginia Sept. 7.
Howe, a Navy veteran of more than three decades, will be on hand as the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine is commissioned. The 7,800-ton, 377-foot submarine is the third Navy vessel to bear Minnesota’s name – and the state’s first Navy-fleet namesake since 1907.
“This event is especially important to me since my military service began in the Navy,” Howe said. “This will be a very humbling experience and I am honored to be among those representing Minnesota – and particularly our part of the state – at this event.”
Reports indicate the USS Minnesota can reach more than 800 feet underwater and travel at more than 25 knots in submersion. It is equipped with its own nuclear reactor – eliminating the need for refueling while submerged – and can house a crew of 135 for months at a time.
Howe will be covering his own expenses for this trip, which will come at no cost to taxpayers.
At its Aug. 14 meeting, the Eden Valley-Watkins School Board approved the student and staff handbooks for the 2013-14 school year.
Building projects are moving forward on schedule. The most visible one, at the high school, will be landscaping that will be done later this month. The Eden Valley Elementary cafeteria floor is being re-done. The air handler is being installed at Watkins Elementary, and the boilers and hot water heater already installed; everything at the Watkins school should be completed this week.
The sound system is up and working well at the high school, with other parts of the stage being installed now. Automated door locks at the high school are all installed and working. Five of the new security cameras at the high school were not working properly; they may be replaced, and the wiring has been adjusted so that everything will work correctly.